Leaders in the Rwenzori region have petitioned the Speaker of Parliament Hon. Rebecca Kadaga demanding parliament to advocate for increased budget allocation to agriculture, information pills http://cleanenergybiofuels.com/wp-admin/includes/template.php natural resources and environment sectors that are key in adaptation and mitigation of climate change.
The petitioners who included leaders of Civil Society Organisations, advice http://cremeriavienna.it/wp-admin/includes/image-edit.php RDCs, http://citybreakguide.ro/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-list-roles-endpoint.php the clergy, district chairpersons, farmers, entrepreneurs, Chief Administrative Officers, teachers and students, urged parliament to increase budget allocation to agriculture by 10% of the national budget.
The petition was handed over to Speaker Kadaga by the Kabarole district chairperson Mr. Richard Rwabuhinga during the climax of the 4th Climate Change week organized by KRC in partnership with Rwebitaba Zonal Agricultural Research and Development Institute (ZARDI) and Kabarole district at Boma grounds in Fort Portal on Friday.
The climate change week ran under the theme: “Coping with effects of climate change; Potentials and Opportunities for Adaptation”
The petitioners also want government to provide funds to promote alternative energy sources at household level to reduce pressure on forests, provide agriculture subsidies on irrigation kits, post harvest equipment, value addition technologies and agriculture mechanization.
They also requested government to establish a farmers’ bank to enhance access to agricultural finance at farmer-friendly interest rates, erection of silos in each district in the region and the country at large.
In the petition, the leaders said, “We demand parliament to pass and enforce laws on conservation of natural resources like wet lands and forests following the continued depletion in spite of the existence of NEMA, NFA, Forest and Environment officers at district level. We also want laws to support water for production and irrigation systems put in place and enforced for farmers in water stressed regions to establish community valley dams and water harvest during the dry spell”.
Mr.Rwabuhinga said the climate change week was organized following the increasing degradation of forests and wetlands in the region, reduction of snow on slopes of Mt. Rwenzori, reduction of waters levels of River Mpanga and changes in rainy seasons as a result of human activities.
He said, “Issues of climate change are more critical than HIV/AIDS and cancer and government has to earmark funding for local government at district and sub county level to mitigate effects of climate change”.
In her response, the speaker said, “Ugandan parliamentarians are good at enacting laws but very poor at implementation”.
She noted however that parliament will intensify pushing for budget increase for agriculture and natural resources and environment and also strengthening the implementation of laws in these sectors.
“Indeed, if we’re to be in middle income country, Ugandans have to work hard in agriculture and technology. Government has to allocate and increase funding for irrigation technologies for farmers to have improved house hold income,” Said Hon.Kadaga.